Why you should avoid the Whopper Jr. at Burger King

Burger King's Whoppers are undoubtedly in a league of their own... and then there's the Whopper Jr. Quite similar to the original Whopper, the Whopper Jr. is a tad smaller, but do you think you really know everything there is to know about the iconic mini sandwich? We doubt it. For example, did you know that the Whopper Jr. was an accidental invention? For real.

According to Reader's Digest, a person named Luis Arenas-Pérez had to find a creative way to deal with a supply issue that he faced when opening a Burger King restaurant in the Puerto Rico municipality in Carolina. His shipment for the Whopper bun molds wouldn't make it time for the eatery's grand opening, and he needed to think fast. Arenas-Pérez came up with a plan to use regular-sized buns instead of the signature Whopper ones, naming the slightly smaller creation the "Whopper Jr." This idea was wholeheartedly embraced by the brand, who eventually introduced the menu item on a large scale — and there you have it! On the flip side of this happy origin story, if you're a fan of the Whopper Jr., you need to know that it's really not your best option at Burger King. This is why.

Burger King's Whopper Jr. may not be fresh

While you may be tempted to order a Whopper Jr. while dining at Burger King in the hope that you'll be able to cut back on calories, this isn't necessarily the smartest idea. While a Whopper Jr. does have less than half the amount of calories as a full sized Whopper (via Burger King), there are likely much better ways to eat somewhat healthily at the fast food chain. Why? As it turns out, the Whopper Jr. is not all that popular among Burger King's customers. A Burger King employee spilled the beans on Reddit, revealing that this means that the patties for the Whopper Jr. may not always be all that nice and fresh. Yikes!

The Burger King employee cautioned, "Never buy the Whopper Jr., not enough people buy them so they just sit out and go bad. They take too long to make fresh and managers get a bonus check when they have a low enough time so they tell the workers to just use the super old ones that have gone nasty." That sounds pretty scary to us. You're in a much better position if you stick to a regular Whopper instead and just skip the fries. Fresh patties on a burger have to be better than old ones, after all.